SWVC 2017 Product Sponsorship by Zebra Technologies

Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) announced that Zebra Technologies, a global leader in providing solutions and services that gives enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, will be SWVC 2017’s product sponsor. SWVC 2017, organized by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, will be held at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California on April 21-23, 2017.

SWVC 2017 will bring together entrepreneurs from healthcare and agriculture end-user sponsors (Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, Ventura County Medical Center, Limoneira, Bonipak and Reiter Affiliated Companies) and team them up with subject matter experts, healthcare professionals, agriculturalists, physicians, farmers and engineering/business students from universities like UCSB, Cal Poly, CSUN, CSUCI and Cal Lutheran. Teams with the most promising ideas addressing the challenges faced by the healthcare and agricultural industries will develop proof of concepts over the weekend and present their work to a judging panel made up of senior executives including Zebra Senior Vice President, Hugh Gagnier. Winning ideas and concepts will then have the opportunity to be funded.

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SWVC 2017 Technology Sponsorship by Semtech

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced it is the technology sponsor of Startup Weekend Ventura County 2017 at Rancho Campana High School, April 21-23, in Camarillo, Calif.  The event is focused on providing solutions to healthcare and agricultural challenges specific to the region, as well as stimulating the area’s startup community.

Semtech, headquartered in Camarillo, will provide participants complete developer kits, featuring its LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and LinkCharge™ wireless charging systems, as well as onsite engineering assistance during the 54-hour event. In addition, Semtech will award a $15,000 cash prize, mentorship and resources, to a winning company from each category (agriculture and healthcare).

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SWVC 2017 Cash Awards

Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) announces today that SWVC 2017 will offer two cash awards as seed money, $10,000 to the most likely to succeed startup in healthcare and $10,000 to the most likely to succeed startup in agriculture. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up primarily of CEOs of local corporations. The awards will carry no interest or repayment obligations. The winner must incorporate to receive the money.

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Tackle Challenges provided by End Users

Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) announces today that a list of healthcare challenges and a list of agriculture challenges are now available on Camarillo Chamber’s web site (http://www.camarillochamber.org). These challenges are provided to SWVC by the rank and file of Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, Ventura County Medical Center, Limoneira, Boniak and Reiter Affiliated Companies. SWVC 2017 will bring intrapreneurs from end user sponsors and team them with entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, healthcare professionals, agriculturalists, physicians, farmers and engineering/business students from nearby universities to address these and other challenges. Teams with innovative solutions will develop proof of concepts over the weekend and present the results of their work to a judge panel. The CEOs of SWVC’s end user sponsors and other technology CEOs will be on this judge panel. The best in class winner will receive an in-kind award book worth over $3,000. The most likely to succeed winner will receive cash prizes of up to $25,000. For details, visit http://www.startupweekendventuracounty.com. SWVC 2017, organized by Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals will be held at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California on April 21-23.

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Description of a Founder

In an article by Larry Kim, Founder & CTO of Worldstream called “how to build a great tech company that VCs will love“, he quoted Sarah Hodges of Pillar Venture Capital on what she looks for in founders. Three take-away are:
“To be successful, they have to have a clear understanding of what they’re aiming for, and why it matters. It starts with being purposeful about the culture you’re building from day zero, and continues with being intentional about communicating how your business and its needs are changing.”
“Some of the best founders I know are the ones who have a profound understanding of a market and deep empathy for a specific customer pain point.”
“Building a successful company requires getting the right people on board – recruiting employees to join your team, convincing advisors to lend their support, selling to customers. People want to rally behind leaders with an inspiring vision. Successful founders have the ability to sell their mission, developing relationships with people who elevate their game. They’re people who blow through walls in the face of adversity, and actively seeking out advice to broaden their perspectives.”

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Creative Thinking Process

Creative thinking is a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions. Creative thinking can be stimulated both by an unstructured process such as brainstorming, and by a structured process such as lateral thinking.

Creative Thinking Involves 4 Stages:

  1. Preparation – formulate the problem and collect facts and materials necessary for finding new solutions.
  2. Incubation – the unconscious thought process of finding a solution to the problem.
  3. Illumination – the sudden flash of idea i.e. the ‘eureka’ experience.
  4. Verification – evaluate the validity of the solution.

The 3 Keys to Creative Thinking Process:

  1. In-the-box: This applies knowledge accumulation and critical thinking to the problem. Based on their expertise, innovators can generate many relevant ideas and make connections later.
  2. Out-of-the-box: This is a wide-angle and unfocused thinking process. It allows the innovators to imagine an entire universe of possibilities.
  3. New-box: Once ideas are evaluated, they need to be synthesized by rearranging and reconstructing through dot-connecting, then refined and put into place in a new context.

8 Creative Thinking Techniques:

  1. Mind Mapping – brainstorming or spider diagram
  2. The Checklist – why, where, when, who, what, how
  3. Thinking Hats – facts, emotions, judgment, logic, creativity, control
  4. Lateral Thinking – side stepping
  5. Random Word – imagine association
  6. Picture Association – imagine association
  7. Change Perspective – in other people’s shoes
  8. Get Up and Go Out – let your mind wander

Union of Entrepreneur and Intrapreneur

An entrepreneur is someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced. An intrapreneur takes risks and drives innovation within a business for better serving the marketplace through increased goods and services.

Tackling inefficiencies within a large and complex industry such as healthcare or agriculture requires subject matter expertise. Because an intrapreneur is focused on resolving a specific issue, such as increasing productivity, he possesses the domain knowledge directly applicable to his assignment. An entrepreneur interested in organizing a venture to address healthcare or agriculture will do well by partnering with an intrapreneur from such industry.

Driving innovation requires technical knowhow and engineering skills, something healthcare and agricultural professionals typically do not possess. An intrapreneur able to interpret trends in the marketplace and visualize how the company needs to evolve to stay ahead of its competition will do well by partnering with an entrepreneur fluent in science and technology.

Startup Weekend Ventura County, April 21st-23rd, 2017, will bring together healthcare and agriculture entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. We expect amazing innovations and great business ideas to come out of this union. Come join us.

SWVC 2016 Runner Ups

iVitals: Continuous vital sign monitoring system with clinical algorithms
Dr. Natalie Shum


Renew Hope: Objective oncology guidance as a patient advocate
Dr. Robert Lum


Splash Guard: Retractable endoscopic sleeve to prevent spread of infection
Dr. Bennet Lipper


Shopmedic: Platform for patients to compare elective surgery prices
Shon Moshin


BettyBot: Help hospitals reduce patient readmission
Claudia Sloan


Bill Gates on Innovations

Accelerating innovation requires both political leadership and private sector leadership. The best leaders have the ability to do both the urgent things that demand attention today and at the same time lay the groundwork for innovation that will pay dividends for decades.

When we innovate, we create millions of jobs, we build the companies that lead the world, we are healthier, and we make our lives more productive. And these benefits transcend borders, powering improvements in lives around the world. Our global culture of innovation has been most successful at those moments when science, technology, and great leadership come together to create miracles that improve modern life.

It’s important to remember what made the moonshot the moonshot—that is, what transforms political rhetoric into game-changing breakthroughs. A moonshot challenge requires a clear, measurable objective that captures the imagination of the nation and fundamentally changes how we view what’s possible. And it requires marshaling the resources and intellect of both the public and private sectors. When we do that, we chart a course for a future that is safer, healthier, and stronger.

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The IoT Healthcare Coup

Electronic health records (EHR) are expected to be in 95% of health care facilities by 2020, according to research. This is not just your doctor’s notes and your prescription records. The EHR will include your X-rays, scans, test results and everything to do with your medical history. The goal of the EHR is for it to become the one source for your entire medical history, following you from doctor to specialist to hospital to outpatient recovery.

IDC, a leading market research firm, estimates that by 2020 we’ll have 35 zetabytes of medical data alone, which is a 44-fold increase from 2009. If you piled this up in tablets, you’d get about one-third of the way to the moon or fill up a 500-bed hospital 11.3 times over.

And this data is already beginning to make a meaningful difference to patients’ lives by looking for patterns and finding ways to use preventative steps to keep patients from returning to the hospital for lengthy stays and expensive treatments.


The potential benefit to human lives is going to be huge, as Big Data companies step forward to help hospitals, physicians and even insurance companies analyze the copious amounts of data collected in EHRs and even from the medical devices. This will lead to improvements in medical care and medical technology. In fact, the spending on all aspects of the medical IoT is estimated to reach $1 trillion by 2025.

Source: October 6, 2016 – Technology